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8th PWSMUN Conference Opening Ceremony Epitomises Grandeur Pathways Aravali
The day started off in great fervour, with the secretariat running around in attempts to perfect every little detail, as they anticipated the arrival of 12 delegations from across the country. Each school arrived with enthused smiles, as PWSMUN 2018 commenced. The evening was graced by the presence of the Guest of Honour, Dr. Jitendra Nath Misra, the School Director, Dr. Sarvesh Naidu, Senior School Principal, Ms. Manjula Shenoi, Middle School Principal, Mr. Sumit Dargan and the Primary School Principal, Ms. Monika Bhimwal.
The PWS student volunteers accompanied all the schools around the campus, resulting in instant connections and amicable conversations. The delegates displayed relaxed and confident demeanours, with the most zealous already capitalising on as much lobbying as possible.
As evening descended upon the gathering, the opening ceremony commenced with the solemn notes of a classic piano composition. Our keen emcees Chandan Samal and Devangi Verma of Grade 11 then introduced PWS Executive Director, Dr. Sarvesh Naidu, who addressed the evening with compelling words that mirrored the sentiment of this MUN conference.
A choir of cheery middle-school students graced the occasion with its mellifluous rendition of 'Heal the World', a timeless harmony by Michael Jackson, inspiring a sense of unity and compassion among the enraptured audience. Thus, the conference theme was aptly introduced: 'Prosper or Suffer: Manipulation in a Greedy World'.
Next, each of the twelve delegations was welcomed to the tune of a grand melody, rising as their school's name was announced.
Continuing along the lines of musical rejuvenation, the senior school rock band performed electrifying covers of two classic rock songs: 'Dream On' by Aerosmith, and 'Feeling Good' by Muse. The songs had the audience tapping their feet to the dynamic beats, and the tunes stayed with them long after.
The emcees then invited the Head of MUN World, Mr. Anansh Prasad, to present the time-honoured gavels to the prestigious Chairs of each committee. After each executive board member was called upon the stage; Chairs, Vice-Chairs and Rapporteurs standing in tall, Mr. Prasad addressed the crowd with words that further spirited the evening.
This was followed by a thematic dance by the IB and CAS dancers of senior school, choreographed by Mr. Norbu Tshering, entitled 'Overcoming Manipulation'. The inspirational speech by our esteemed Guest of Honour, Mr. Jitendra Nath Misra was heavily influenced by the same, and his sagacious words rang with profound ruminations and intriguing anecdotes inspired by the conference theme.
As a felicitous final performance, the MYP dancers presented a dance-drama on the life of the great emperor Ashoka. Their moves showcased grace and the story compelled reflection on resonating truths.
When the Secretary-General Rishit Jain was called up on stage, the audience promptly erupted with vigorous applause. He officiated the opening of the 8th PWSMUN conference with the pound of his gavel, as the letters 'PWSMUN' momentously lit up to his words.
Reporter: Rusheen Bansal (Grade 11) Editor: Mansha Kapur (Grade 12) Photographs: PWSMUN International Press Corps